World Youth Day Updates
World Youth Day Store
See all the World Youth Day USA products: t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, prayer cards, and much more all at the online store HERE
Pilgrim Year of Preparation Calendar
Explore and download this calendar
, which is complete with WYD and Polish patrons and other special holidays relating to WYD pilgrims.
Sites of Catholic Heritage in the US
Make a pilgrimage to one of these U.S. sites
that are significant to Catholic heritage. Don't miss the Polish Catholic sites, to help you prepare for your journey to Krakow.
Pilgrim Prayer Guide
Download this prayer guide
designed for domestic pilgrims to use as they visit local places of pilgrimage.
World Youth Day Event and Packing Logistics
Check out our logistics pages for the week-long event in Krakow
and for packing preparation
. These pages will continually be updated as the event draws nearer.
WYDUSA Official Logo
We encourage you to use the WYDUSA official logo to promote WYD, but please keep in mind these terms and conditions.
Bishop Caggiano's Krakow 2016 Presentation at the 2015 Bishops' June Meeting
"So why should we, as bishops, be a part of the World Youth Day experience? Many
of us here could speak to this from our experience. Pope Francis calls us to
smell like the sheep..." Continue reading the full address here
World Youth Day 2016 Krakow Updates
Stay in the loop with Krakow 2016's latest plans, media, and much more by going to our World Youth Day Krakow site
Błogosławieni is Much Longer Than Blessed
Paul Jarzembowski visited Krakow to prepare for World Youth Day. Read to learn about his trip and the joys and challenges of planning World Youth Day
Pope Francis 2015 Message to Young People
"Blessed are the merciful..." VIEW
USCCB Staff Offers Presentation on WYD's Impact in the U.S.A.
Read the 2014 report HERE
The Threefold Purpose of World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in
December, 1985 as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for
prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith. The event is
observed annually in dioceses around the world and every two to three
years at an
international gathering. World Youth Day USA is an umbrella term for
U.S. pilgrim participation in World Youth Day both abroad at the
international event and nationally to celebrate the through stateside
gatherings. Both international and domestic World Youth Day celebrations
are important for three reasons.
Putting Trust in the Young
World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from
the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and
confidence the young bring to the Church today.
World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young
people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world's youth. A
calling for the world's youth to come together as one people.
Personally Encountering the International Catholic Community
In the 21st century technology ensures that young people are always in contact
with one another. World Youth Day goes beyond "being in contact" and gives young people a personal encounter
with the international Catholic community they cannot get through their
phones or computers. The Church and Christians worldwide play a role
in preventing fear, fostering hope, and building real human
WORLD YOUTH DAY - rio 2013
The most recent international World Youth Day was held in late July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Over three million people from around the world descended onto Copacabana Beach for the final Mass of WYD that year. For those anticipating the next international event in Krakow, it may be good to see what happened in Rio as a benchmark for these incredible international gatherings.
World youth day Alumni Network
Are you an alumni of a past World Youth Day?
Register to be part of the National WYDUSA Alumni Network.
For the most current updates,
visit our Facebook and Twitter pages
World Youth Day is not the destination, but one point along the pilgrimage of life. As a WYD alumni, you are still on that journey. Connect with other U.S. citizens who have participated in a World Youth Day event, either stateside or internationally, at least once in the past thirty years since these gatherings began in 1984.
Over one-half million people in the USA have been to a World Youth Day event - are you one of them? If so, connect with the national alumni network today.